Chelsea are growing increasingly confident they will conclude contract negotiations with N’Golo Kante within the next few months.
The club are determined to keep the France midfielder and first opened talks in the summer over an extension. A new five-year deal, worth up to £290,000-a-week, was proposed, but nothing has been signed since it was first revealed in July.
Kante’s current contract, worth £150,000-a-week, expires in 2021 and Chelsea remain committed to securing the 27-year-old’s future.
The hold-up has continued to give perennial admirers Paris St Germain hope that they could lure the former Leicester star back to France. There have even been reports this week that Manchester United are planning to make an offer.
However, Chelsea have no interest in cashing in on one of their most important players.
Kante has had to get used to a new position under Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte as coach in July, being handed a more attacking role in a three-man midfield to the right of Jorginho.